Our Elders

In addition to our Campus Pastors, Ric Jacobs and Shawn Andrews, the following folks serve as lay Elders for Daybreak. This team can be contacted for prayer or questions anytime at elders@daybreakweb.com.

  • Dean Argot

    Originally from Pocono Lake, PA (Pocono Mountains area), Dean currently works as an Assistant Vice President of Gallagher Bassett. As one of the founding members of Daybreak in 1999, Dean loves that Daybreak is a  church that makes it easy for people to find out who Christ really is and helps them live out the life he has for them. Dean is married to Kelly, who is on staff at Daybreak as the Director of Global Ministries. Together they have 3 children: Alysha, Aaron, and Alanna. In his free time, Dean loves to explore God's creation, especially the ocean, lakes, and streams.

  • Andy Bitz

    Originally from West Lawn, PA, Andy has been an employee of Mechanicsburg Area School District since 2003 in a variety of positions, including teacher, track coach, Assistant Principal, and now, Elementary Principal. He began attending Daybreak 15 years ago. Andy, his wife Jen, and their three young children enjoy connecting and contributing to the Daybreak family. For fun, he enjoys singing, running, and watching Philadelphia sports teams.  

  • John Chopka

    John grew up in northeast Ohio and West Virginia. He moved to south central PA in 2007 to serve as a vice president at Messiah College. John and his wife, Debbie, are the parents of Rachel and James. The Chopkas enjoy serving in a variety of roles at Daybreak including  Children's Ministry, Student Ministries, Marriage Matters, and the Welcome Team. In addition to spending quality time at Daybreak and Messiah College, John loves navigating the great outdoors via hiking and cycling, and vacationing with his family in Outer Banks, NC.

  • Carl Hollander

    Carl grew up in Harrisburg City and is currently the District Manager at Penske Truck Leasing. He has attended Daybreak from the start in 1999. He was drawn to Daybreak by the idea of a church that cares about those that are far from or confused about Jesus. He loves the people at Daybreak that he calls family. He and his wife, Linnea, have four kids: Laura Leigh, Andrew, Christopher, and Mathias. Carl enjoys coffee, cooking, vegetable gardening, and finding the humor in life and making people laugh.

  • Mark Shuey

    Mark grew up locally in Lower Allen Township and graduated from Cedar Cliff High School. He is the Director of Media and Technology Department at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He and his family began attending Daybreak in 2003. Mark has been married to Luann since 1985, and they have three adult kids: Alex, Todd, and Kara. He loves Daybreak because of the welcoming and warm nature of both the staff and the congregation, and that we are truly a church on mission. He has a painful addiction to Phillies baseball, knows almost every word to every Jim Croce song, and ran a marathon to celebrate turning 50.

  • Alan Starner

    A Mechanicsburg native, Alan and his wife, Deb, began attending Daybreak in 2003. He feels motivated by our church to grow as a Christ Follower, build meaningful relationships, and serve in ways that are fulfilling. He is the Sales Team Leader for General Merchandise and the Health & Beauty Care division at Advantage Solutions. He enjoys playing, writing, and recording music, as well as having opportunities to visit his daughter, Jessica, and her husband in Savannah, GA.